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It was Robert Tisserand's mother who first introduced him to aromatherapy, leading to a passion for the subject that continues to this day.

Robert was already practising spiritual healing at the age of 15, but it was at the age of 17, on a train taking him back to boarding school, that he decided he wanted to share the benefits of essential oils with others, to improve their health and happiness. His vision was to bring essential oil based products into everyone's home. There was nothing like this available at that time, but it was the 1960's and the winds of change were blowing!

After years of studying and practising as a massage therapist and healer, Robert started the Aromatic Oil Company in 1974 from his bedroom in a South London house. During the next 11 years, despite financial struggle and discouragement from others, Robert hand-bottled the oils, hand-wrote the label for each bottle and packed the parcels that he would despatch to customers every Saturday morning from his local post office.

Having taken eight years to write it, Robert's first book - The Art of Aromatherapy - was published in 1977. In his book, Robert talks about nature, life force, the planets and the elements. This was a seminal piece of work, because it was a non-scientific counterpart to the only book in the world at that time - The Practice of Aromatherapy - written by a French doctor, Jean Valnet.

It was in 1984 that a new company, Aromatherapy Products Ltd, was formed, allowing Robert to act as essential oil and formulations consultant, fully utilising his years of experience; he continues in this role to this day. He still writes books that sell all over the world, such as Aromatherapy For Everyone and Essential Oil Safety - the first definitive reference guide for the aromatherapy industry on the safe use and application of over 300 essential oils.

The product range has expanded enormously since its humble beginnings, but what continues to matter to us - as it did to Robert some 40 years ago - is the enhancement of people's well-being. This is what drives our commitment to keep on delivering outstanding products based on ethical aromatherapy principles, and it is this quest for the best that has stood the test of time.